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2009 May 19
US astronauts completed a 5-day repair of the 19-year-old Hubble Space Telescope. The improved Hubble will take its first pictures by the end of the month.
Links: USA, NASA, Astronomy, Space     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 May 19
Tesla, an electric car maker in San Carlos, Ca., sold a 10% stake to German auto giant Daimler.
Links: USA, Germany, Cars, SF Bay Area     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 May 19
In Ventura, Ca., an intruder dressed in black and wearing a motorcycle helmet barged into a beach home and stabbed to death a pregnant Davina Husted (42) and father, Brock Husted (42) as their two children were in other rooms.
Links: USA, California, Murder     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 May 19
In Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland (57), confronted by two holdup men, pulled a gun, shot one of them in the head and chased the other away. Then, in a scene recorded by the drugstore's security camera, he went behind the counter, got another gun, and pumped five more bullets into the wounded teenager. Ersland was soon charged with first-degree murder. District Attorney David Prater later said Ersland was justified in shooting Antwun Parker (16) once in the head, but not in firing the additional shots into his belly.
Links: USA, Murder, Oklahoma, Robbery     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2009 May 19
"Glee," Fox's new musical comedy, premiered.
Links: USA, TV, Theater     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2010 May 19
In Afghanistan insurgents launched a brazen pre-dawn assault against the giant US-run Bagram Air Field, killing an American contractor and wounding nine troops in the second Taliban strike at NATO forces in and around the capital in as many days. 10 guerrillas were killed including 4 with suicide vests.
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2010 May 19
Chadian authorities at Ndjamena airport refused entry to Khalil Ibrahim and a number of other JEM members who had arrived from the Libyan capital Tripoli. Chadian authorities confiscated their passports and refused to let them into Chadian territory and ordered them to go back to Libya. Khalil and his delegation had planned to head to Darfur through Chad.
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2010 May 19
In China at least five men armed with knives burst into the dormitory of a vocational college in Haikou, the capital of the southern island province of Hainan, and slashed nine students, one of them seriously.
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2010 May 19
Kenya signed a new treaty for the equitable sharing of waters of the Nile after four other upstream countries inked the deal last week.
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2010 May 19
NATO and Russia said they will boost efforts to develop a joint system to protect their troops from attack by short-range missiles.
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2010 May 19
Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it will spend more than $2 billion to sharply reduce the burning off of natural gas at its oil wells in Nigeria, gases that when burned contribute to global warming and sicken people living nearby.
Links: Netherlands, Nigeria, Gas     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 May 19
Downtown Bangkok, Thailand, became a battleground as an army assault forced anti-government protest leaders to surrender, enraging followers who shot grenades and set fire to landmark buildings, cloaking the skyline in black smoke. The Central World mall was in charred ruins. Italian freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi (48) was killed by gunfire in clashes between the military and demonstrators. A 2013 inquest said Polenghi was shot by a high-velocity bullet like those issued to soldiers.
Links: Italy, Thailand, Journalism, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 May 19
Nick Clegg, Britain's new deputy leader, says he'll scrap an unpopular national identity card program, limit the retention of DNA samples and tightly regulate the use of closed circuit TV cameras in a sweeping civil liberties drive.
Links: Britain, DNA     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2010 May 19
India's auction of 3G bandwidth for mobile telephone services ended, with final bids earning the government close to 15 billion dollars -- double its own estimate.
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2010 May 19
Iran dismissed as "illegitimate" a draft UN Security Council resolution seeking to impose harsher sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.
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2010 May 19
Pakistan's government ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook amid anger over a page that encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
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2010 May 19
Zimbabwe's Chamber of Mines proposed a compromise in the government's drive to force foreign firms to give 51 percent stakes to locals, saying 15 percent local shareholding for mines was enough.
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2010 May 19
Mexican police found the mummified bodies of two women and three men stuffed in plastic bags in a pickup truck left near a highway in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua. University authorities in Ciudad Juarez also reported that a freshman had been found dead, wrapped in a blanket at a local fairground. Authorities said about 88 tons (80 metric tons) of a precursor chemical used to make methamphetamines had been seized at the Pacific Coast seaport of Manzanillo.
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2010 May 19
John Shepherd-Barron (84), the Scotsman credited with inventing the world's first automatic cash machine, died after a short illness. The first automatic teller machine, now known as ATMs, was installed at a branch of Barclays Plc in a north London suburb on June 27, 1967.
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2010 May 19
In southern Kyrgyzstan ethnic violence broke out in Jalalabad. Ethnic Kyrgyz supporters of ousted Pres. Bakiyev clashed with the Uzbek minority, supporters of the interim government.
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2010 May 19
Khalid Ouazzani (32) of Kansas City, Mo., admitted that he sent $23,500 to Al-Qaeda between 2007-2008. The Morocco-born auto parts dealer became a US citizen in 2006.
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2010 May 19
The French government decided to impose a $185 fine on women who wear a full-face Islamic veil in public. The legislation was forwarded to Parliament.
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2010 May 19
Tens of thousands of Romanians rallied in Bucharest to protest planned wage cuts as a budget crises impacted the ailing economy.
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2010 May 19
The Burundian government said in a statement that it had given Neela Ghoshal, a Human Rights Watch researcher, until June 5 to leave the country. Burundi is due to hold its first round of elections after nearly 16 years of civil war May 23. Presidential polls are scheduled for June 28.
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2010 May 19
The Bahrain-based USS McFaul discovered the Panamanian-flagged M/V Iceberg I with as many as 50 pirates and more than 20 crew members on board. It says the location of the hijacked ship was previously unknown. The McFaul followed the ship for more than a day and a half before the pirates turned back toward the Somali coast.
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2011 May 19
President Barack Obama laid out a new US strategy toward a skeptical Arab world, offering fresh aid to promote democratic change as he seeks to shape the outcome of popular uprisings threatening both friends and foes.
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2011 May 19
A US federal judge awarded $300 million in punitive damages in each of two suicide bombings blamed on Iran and Iranian-backed Islamic groups. One ruling came on behalf of the family of Alan Beer, a US citizen who was killed in Jerusalem in 2003 in the bombing of a bus by the Iran-backed organization Hamas. The other was made to American citizen Seth Haim, his father and his brother. They were injured in the 1995 bombing of a bus in the Gaza Strip by the Iranian-supported Shaqaqi Faction of the Palestine Islamic Jihad.
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2011 May 19
A US judge in NYC agreed to allow IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (62) to be freed on $1 million bail, but remain under house arrest.
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2011 May 19
Doctors in Oregon announced that electrodes implanted on the spinal cord of Rob Summers (25) had reactivated nerve circuits and allowed him to consciously move body parts that had been paralyzed following a 2006 hit and run accident.
Links: USA, Medical, Oregon     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
2011 May 19
The Mississippi River crested at over 14 feet above flood stage in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooding left one man dead.
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2011 May 19
The LinkedIn IPO was priced at $45 per share and closed at $94.25 after reaching a high of $122.70. It was the first major US social networking company to sell stock on a public market.
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2011 May 19
In Afghanistan insurgents firing heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles killed 35 workers and guards in an attack on a NATO-funded road construction site in a remote area of Paktia province.
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2011 May 19
A Bahraini security court announced the sentencing of a prominent Shiite cleric and eight others to 20 years in prison for the alleged kidnapping of a police officer.
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2011 May 19
Amnesty International said Egyptian authorities continue to restrict freedom of assembly, torture detainees and try civilians in military courts, highlighting the urgent need for reform.
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2011 May 19
Guyana police detained Akbar Muhammad, a visiting US Muslim cleric and longtime aide to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, on suspicion of ties to drugs and terrorism. Muhammad was released by Guyanese authorities the next day and demanded an official apology from the government.
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2011 May 19
India's most powerful politician, Sonia Gandhi, promised to push forward with legislation to reform land acquisition rules after deadly clashes near the national capital.
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2011 May 19
In Iraq twin bombs that lured policemen out of their fortified headquarters in Kirkuk killed 27 people, most of them police officers. A third bomb, planted on a road, set cars and trucks ablaze when it exploded about 550 yards (500 m) away, targeting a police patrol near a mosque wounding eight people.
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2011 May 19
Garret FitzGerald (b.1926)), Ireland's most popular elder statesman, died. He twice served as prime minister (1981-1982, 1982-1987) and played a crucial role in paving the way for peace in Northern Ireland.
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2011 May 19
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said it will buy Switzerland's Nycomed for $13.6 billion, giving Japan's biggest drugmaker coveted access to emerging markets.
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2011 May 19
In Libya Gadhafi forces shelled the main rebel stronghold in the strategic Nafusa mountains southwest of the Libyan capital, pounding the area with rockets.
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2011 May 19
In northeastern Nigeria a bomb went off wounding five soldiers and policemen just hours after a gang of suspected Islamists raided a police station.
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2011 May 19
In Puerto Rico a jury convicted five people of fraudulently obtaining medical licenses to work as doctors in the US territory.
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2011 May 19
In South Africa more than 700 people were injured, 70 of them seriously, when two commuter trains collided in the Soweto township outside Johannesburg.
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2011 May 19
A South Korean court boosted the amount the government must pay a group of North Korean defectors who say a leak of their identities led to retaliation against their families in the North.
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2011 May 19
Thousands of Spaniards defied a ban on a pre-election demonstration and mounted a protest camp in the heart of Madrid to express anger at political parties and the country's handling of the economic crisis. Spain is battling to emerge from nearly two years of recession that has left it with a swollen deficit and a staggering 21.3% unemployment rate.
Links: Spain, Mad Crowd     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
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2011 May 19
In Sudan a UN convoy transporting 200 northern army troops was attacked as they were pulling out of the contested region of Abyei along the north-south border. Sudan's army spokesman said northern troops were ambushed by the southern army and suffered "huge losses." A spokesman for the south's Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA) said the northern forces provoked the fighting in at attempt to seize the disputed area. 70 northern troops were killed and more than 120 others were missing.
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2011 May 19
The Syrian army shelled the border town of Talkalakh overnight and early today, sparking gunbattles that killed at least 8 people. The government condemned US sanctions targeting President Bashar Assad.
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2011 May 19
Ugandan police placed the country's top opposition leader under house arrest to prevent what authorities said could be a destructive protest march.
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2011 May 19
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation banning the unsolicited distribution of Yellow Pages in the city.
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2012 May 19
G8 leaders meeting in Maryland made progress on addressing the two biggest threats to their economies, the euro zone crisis and very high oil prices. G8 leaders sent a strong message to Iran that tough energy sanctions would be firmly applied, vowing to ensure oil markets are well supplied to prevent crude prices soaring. G8 leaders pledged to lift millions of Africans out of poverty by promoting investments in sustainable agriculture.
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2012 May 19
G8 leaders meeting in Maryland backed keeping Greece in the euro zone and vowed to take all steps necessary to combat financial turmoil while revitalizing a global economy increasingly threatened by Europe's debt crisis.
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2012 May 19
The NAACP passed a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right and opposing any efforts "to codify discrimination or hatred into the law."
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2012 May 19
In southeast Afghanistan a suicide bomber in Khost province struck at a lunch gathering of Afghan police and local civilians killing at least 13 people, 3 of them policemen.
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2012 May 19
In northern Afghanistan flood waters ravaged a provincial capital, killing at least 19 people and destroying hundreds of homes. About 60 other people were missing.
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2012 May 19
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng and his family left China on a plane bound for the United States to pursue studies at an American university.
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2012 May 19
In CongoDRC fighting broke out when mutineers attacked army positions in the Rutshuru territory near Virunga National Park on the Ugandan border, home to more than half the world's 700 or so mountain gorillas.
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2012 May 19
In East Timor former guerrilla leader and ex-army chief Taur Matan Ruak was sworn in as the new president as the young democracy, devastated by decades of conflict, celebrated 10 years of independence.
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2012 May 19
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved investment of 1.0 billion euros for expansion into north Africa and the Middle East under its first British president, Suma Chakrabarti, who a day earlier replaced Thomas Mirow from Germany. The EBRD is planning to invest specifically in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan.
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2012 May 19
A fishing boat sank off the French island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean. At least 2 adults and 3 children died and 15 people remained missing.
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2012 May 19
In Germany some 20,000 held a rally of the local Occupy movement in Frankfurt to decry austerity measures, the dominance of banks and “untamed capitalism.”
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